The XS850 was
a development of the XS750 and was a far superior
model, with numerous enhancements designed to
make it more reliable and powerful with better
handling qualities due to a strengthened frame.
The Midnight Special was the US only limited
edition, with everything on the bike finished
in black and some minor gold trim.
|1978 Yamaha XS850G
||Air cooled, four stroke, transverse three
cylinder, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
||1979 Yamaha XS850
|1980 Yamaha XS850 Special
|1980 Yamaha XS850
|1980 Yamaha XS850 SG Special
||Yamaha's XS850 Special is, in most respects,
an excellent motorcycle. If it is not terrifically
fast, then it definitely is fast enough,
and it's smooth, good-handling and has powerful
brakes and most of the comforts of home.
However, the Special's seat is too restrictive
to be broadly useful and its handlebar is,
in functional terms, an abomination. These
features are functional concessions to style;
as time and mileage accumulate, we would
judge that Special owners will find the
bar and seat less and less appealing. There's
no denying that the 850 Special has showroom
pizzazz, and people like what they like,
so that point is beyond argument.
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